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Cross-campus students are students who are currently in another School or College at UW-Madison. Students in another School or College at UW-Madison must first attend a College of Engineering information session to be eligible to attend CoE drop-in advising hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
The College of Engineering advisors offer several information sessions each semester. Students interested in transferring to the College of Engineering are encouraged to sign up for a session before they apply to ensure that they are eligible and meeting or exceeding admissions requirements.
At each session, students will review their What-if DARS for their engineering major of interest with a CoE advisor. Sessions fill each semester. Please sign up for the earliest session you are able to attend.
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- Students not currently in the College of Engineering may apply a maximum of two times to the College of Engineering.
- Students who have earned more than 80 credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply for transfer admission to the College of Engineering.These 80 credits include:
- All credits completed at the time of application, including UW-Madison credits and transferable credits from other colleges and universities.
- These 80 credits do not include:
- In-progress credits (at the time of application)
- Retroactive foreign language credits
- Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits
- GCE Advanced Level (A-Level) credits
- UW-Madison calculus credits awarded by examination
- Credits from Community College of the Air Force or from Military Service Schools awarded on a Joint Services Transcript
- The credit limit does not apply to candidates at other institutions who are in transfer agreement programs with the College of Engineering. The credit limit does apply to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree.
- The General College Requirements for Cross-Campus Students (see below) outlines the minimum requirements for admission consideration to a degree program in the College of Engineering (CoE). Admission is competitive and dependent on program capacity. The admissions committee considers applicants’ grades/grade trends, academic rigor, and personal statement. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a CoE degree program.
- Cross-campus applicants must carefully select an engineering program they intend to pursue through graduation. Interdepartmental transfer within the College of Engineering is competitive and dependent on multiple factors, including program capacity.
- Due to high student demand, several CoE majors have been especially selective and competitive in recent semesters: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering and mechanical engineering.
The General College Requirements for Cross-Campus Students outlines the minimum requirements for admission consideration to a degree program in the College of Engineering (CoE). Admission is competitive and dependent on program capacity. The admissions committee considers applicants’ grades/grade trends, academic rigor, and personal statement. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a CoE degree program.
Program Capacity: When the number of highly qualified applicants exceeds the capacity of a particular program, admissions will be limited to the program’s capacity.
Full-time Semester: In their UW-Madison coursework, students must carry a minimum of one 12 credit hour semester.
UW-Madison Academic Record: The student’s overall academic record at UW-Madison is strongly considered. Students can strengthen their engineering application by demonstrating high academic achievement in a very rigorous set of courses.
Transfer Credits and Exam Credits: Credit will be given for appropriate transfer course work, Advanced Placement (AP), GCE Advanced Level (A-Level), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or other advanced standing credit.
Transfer Grades: GPA calculations only include grades earned at UW-Madison, not any grades for transfer coursework completed at another college/university.
Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are not part of the admission application process and will not be read. Please do not submit letters.
Note: This is a minimum for admission consideration, and most competitive applications will show academic rigor typical of engineering curricula.
The College of Engineering currently has two application periods – one for fall semester and one for spring semester. If you have satisfied all the requirements as outlined above, you can apply by submitting the Application to Transfer into a Degree-granting Engineering Program (requires UW-Madison NetID).
Specific application dates and deadlines are posted on our progression page. The First Year Progression Requirements and GPA Benchmarks for Progression posted on the progression page only apply to current engineering undergraduates.
Generally, the application for spring opens in early November and closes in late December;the application for fall opens in early April and closes in late May.
The application to transfer to a College of Engineering program is currently closed.